Essential Europe

12 Day Guided Tour from London or Amsterdam to London with Topdeck

Read 2 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Topdeck's 12 Day Essential Europe. This memorable Europe escape is like a pretty little package, all wrapped up in a bow. Think: a collection of fascinating cultures, plus some of the finest landscapes and most fabulous more

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London or Amsterdam
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2.5 - 3.5 Star
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Trip Style
Guided Tour
18 - 30's
Trip Style
18 - 30's
Scenic / Cultural
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Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
England, Holland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France
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1 London, England to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Meet with the crew and hit the road to Amsterdam. DAM it's going to be a good day! Get your bearings on a walking tour of the vibrant capital. We’re talking the Dam Square, the Royal Palace and the National Monument, so get your cameras at the ready. For the perfect end to the perfect day, give in to temptation and grab a cone of hot chips with mayo. Mmm.
2 Amsterdam
Join 881,000 bikes and get your cycle on with an optional bike tour of Amsterdam's iconic canals, bridges and parks. Culture fiends, delve deeper with a visit to the Anne Frank House or the Van Gogh or Rijksmuseum. Still thirsty for more? Check out the Heineken Experience and indulge in a spot of beer tasting. (B/D)
3 Amsterdam to Heidelberg, Germany
Picture the definition of pretty and you've got Heidelberg. Have a one day romantic affair with the city that will capture your heart with its charm. We're talking hilltop castle ruins, cobblestone quarters and a fairytale 18th century bridge crossing the River Neckar. Feast German style before taste-testing steins from the local beer houses. (B/D)
4 Heidelberg to Munich
It's time to get to know the city where beer is officially considered a food. Your Trip Leader will clue you up on the Bavarian capital on a walking tour. Then: slide on your lederhosen and have a royal Happy Hour experience (none of that craft beer nonsense here) at the 428-year-old Hofbräuhaus. Did you know that the recipes here were passed down from Wilhelm V, the Duke of Bavaria? You do now! (B)
5 Munich to Venice, Italy
You know it as The Floating City, but this place is actually sinking (slowly). Today we’ll check out a who's who of Venice's usual suspects on a guided walking tour (ticking off the likes of St Mark's Square and Accademia Bridge), then jump on a gondola ride to get the full experience. Throw away your map in the afternoon and try to find the world's most epic little bookshop, Libreria Acqua Alta, or just go on a mission to find the perfect gelato. (B)
6 Venice to Rome
Time to give that bucket list a workout! Make like Caesar (the emperor, not the salad) and work up a ‘colossus’ hunger as you pass by the Pantheon, throw your two cents in the Trevi Fountain, sit on the Spanish Steps and visit ancient history's version of the Hunger Games set at the Colosseum. Tonight, you're in Disneyland for foodies. Have fun. (B)
7 Rome including Vatican City visit
Create the ultimate Roman Holiday in one day with a whirlwind of Vespas, espresso, two-cheek kisses and pizza the way it's supposed to taste. Count your blessings on an optional tour of the Vatican City, then play ‘I-spy’ with two-and-a-half millennia worth of history. Want more? Then you could always shop till you drop on Via Condotti, head to Capitoline Hill for awesome views of the Roman Forum and Colosseum or just kick back in Piazza Navona for some dolce far niente (delicious idleness). (B)
8 Rome to Florence
Make your food baby sing as we roll into the land of hearty Tuscan cuisine and the birthplace of gelato: Florence. Set off on a walking tour with a local guide and make the most of your time here before tucking into amore on a plate. Shop, eat, shop, eat, explore then eat again. (B/D)
9 Florence to Lucerne, Switzerland
Prepare for more #epicviews as we head to the lakeside town Lucerne. Check out the famous Lion Monument, Chapel Bridge, Glacier Gardens and Hofkirche on a guided tour. The way you spend the night is totally up to you. (B)
10 Lucerne to Paris, France
Pinch yourself and Instagram your first selfie in Paris. That’s right, you’ve made it! Home to Coco Chanel, the Eiffel Tower and the Mona Lisa, Paris has more than earned its reputation as the European capital for all things culture, fashion and food. Get ready. (B)
11 Paris
This morning: free time. From the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay to the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées, you'll be sure to make a solid dent in your bucket list. Later on, you can stretch those legs on an optional bike tour of Paris, or simply roam the streets on your own. End your day with an optional Seine River cruise or a cabaret show. Don’t forget we’ve got a gourmet picnic by THAT famous tower tonight too. (B/D)
12 Paris to London, England
Pack some macarons, or just, you know, keep travelling forever. (B)

Topdeck Inclusions

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Sightseeing Highlights
  • Walking tour of Munich
  • Walking tour of Amsterdam
  • Gondola ride in Venice
  • Walking tour of Venice
  • Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam
  • Walking tour of Lucerne
  • Walking tour of Rome
  • Walking tour of Florence with local guide
  • Driving tour of Paris and gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower
Trip Inclusions
  • 11 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D)
  • 11 nights in hotels (twin or double)
  • English Channel crossings
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • Guided tours of all major cities
  • Awesome Trip Leader and Driver
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.

Reviews (2)

12 Day Essential Europe reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“Great time on Topdeck”
- SA, Australia Jun 2017 4 Helpful Votes

This tour is great for someone who wants to get a taste of many different countries in Europe and plans on returning later for some more in-depth travel. The tour is very fast paced, as you are on the bus almost every day, but the trips go by quickly and before you know it you are in a new place. The accomodations were all of decent quality, the included meals were nice and there was a great mix of planned activities and free time. There was never any pressure to do any activities though, so more

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“There is significant walking at a fast pace on this tour”
- Australia Sep 2012 1 Helpful Vote

The places we went to were amazing but we didn't have enough time to actually enjoy it. It was a good sampler and now I know which cities I would like to visit again. Should advise the tour operator that they should state there is significant walking at a fast pace on this tour. Our friend who had arthritic knees and ankles had a lot of problems during the walking tours. Even when advised to the tour leader it was said due to the nature of the tour, time is of essence and there is nothing more

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